Safeena Husain

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Safeena Husain
Delhi, India
EducationBachelor of Science, Executive Education
Alma materLondon School of Economics and Political Science, Harvard Business school
Known forFounder and Executive Director of Educate Girls, India
Spouse(s)Hansal Mehta
Parent(s)Yousuf Hussain

Safeena Husain, an active social worker, is the founder and Executive Director at Educate Girls – a non-profit organisation that is headquartered in Mumbai, India. It focusses on mobilising communities for girls’ education in India’s rural and educationally backward areas.[1] Under her leadership, Educate Girls’ launched world’s first Development Impact Bond in education which on its completion in 2018 surpassed both its target outcomes. [2][3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Safeena graduated from the London School of Economics and has worked in the development sector with both rural and urban under-served communities around the world. From 1997 to 2004, she was the Executive Director for Child Family Health International in San Francisco, CA USA, managing and supporting a range of development programs in the area of health. Safeena was also Board Chair of the International Development Exchange.[5] in San Francisco, a non-profit organisation that promotes sustainable solutions to counter poverty in Africa, Asia & Latin America.

Recognition & Awards[edit]

In 2011, she was elected one of the Asia 21 Young Leaders by the Asia Society.[6] She is a Rainer Arnhold Fellow [7] and was featured as a speaker at a TEDxASB event on the subject of "Rejuvenating Government Schools in India for Girls' Education".[8] She was also featured as a Times Now "Amazing Indian" [9]

  • ET Prime Women Leadership Award 2019[10]
  • Winner NITI Aayog Women Transforming India Award 2017[11]
  • Winner NDTV-L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Award 2016[12]
  • Winner 2015 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship - April 2015[13]
  • Winner of The WISE Award - September 2014[14]
  • Rainer Arnhold Fellow - September 2013[15]


  1. ^ "Lessons from Educate Girls DIB are for everyone: Safeena Husain, Founder & Executive Director, Educate Girls". The Financial Express (India). 15 October 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  2. ^ "WomenChangeMakers' Annual Report 2012" (PDF). 14 August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  3. ^ "How India's First Development Impact Bond Transformed the Lives of over 7000 Rural Kids". 1 October 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Development impact bond results in education announced". Business Line. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  5. ^ Ms Safeena Hussain, Executive Director of Educate Girls India CSR, 22 February 2011
  6. ^ Safeena Husain Expands Educate Girls' Reach
  7. ^ Rainer Arnhold Official Website: The Fellows
  8. ^ TEDxASB Rejuvenating Government Schools - Safeena Husain
  9. ^ Times Now: Amazing Indians
  10. ^ "ETPWLA 2019: Safeena Husain of Educate Girls Foundation receives 'Beyond Business' award". The Economic Times. 29 March 2019. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  11. ^ Educate Girls - Recognition
  12. ^ "About the Awardee: Safeena Husain". L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Award. NDTV. 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  13. ^ Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship
  14. ^ Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship
  15. ^ Rainer Arnhold Official Website: The Fellows